KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a deep dark pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown frothy head that slowly receded, eventually puddling with very good sheets of streaky lacing.
The aroma was robustly bold of a dark roasted malt, light resin hops and a strong leathery yeast with notes of molasses, baker’s chocolate, dark roasted coffee, a bit of oak, a touch of vanilla and a very mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was lightly sweet and a tad bitter with a good malty feel and notes of bitter chocolate and molasses early on, progressing into a slightly bitterer taste with a strong espresso flavor with a mild woody alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a good long while after the swallow, with a nice espresso mocha taste left behind to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was on the high side of full in body with a dry, oily texture and a solid medium carbonation.
Overall can I say "WOW", this is one tasty fulfilling brew. It possesses tons of flavor, a bold roastiness and an awesome drinkability and on top of that does a great job concealing the high ABV. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves dark beer, give this one a try it is truly exceptional...
Steven_B (131) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an amazing beer. Pours black with a large brownish head. Aroma full of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate an some oak. Flavour wasn’t much different to that but the coffee flavour through this is superb! At this moment this is the best beer I have had.
Nekronos (4110) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great one. Very think and delicious. Quite aromatic and of great features in the over all. Good to enjoy with fine food.
weordie (833) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a huge tan head. The aroma was a mix of fresh coffee, oak and bourbon. The flavour much the same but the fresh roasted coffee was a huge point. Amazing beer.
g_georgiou (490) - CYPRUS - AUG 18, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black body with a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, roasted,wood. Taste is sweet and medium bitter. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Very nice.
GoofproofTom (9) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely smell of coffee and lots of smoke. Jet black with a nice, but thin brownish head. Tastes of smokey espresso, roasted malts and fruit. Slightly oily texture. Maybe the best coffee stout I have had.
UbbeK (4) - SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
U: svart tjockväska. 2cm mocca färgat tätt skum. Lägger sig efter en stund. Lämnar rester på glaset.
A: Vaniljsöt. Choklad. Lite ek. Lite sot. Rågkakor.
S/M: Vanilj chokladglass. Bitter choklad. Rostad ek. Sot. Lite rökig. Torr träig känsla. Eftersmaken landar tillslut med kaffetoner åt hårt rostad espresso.
Full kropp. Många små mjuka bubblor.
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andrepintado (2733) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl bottle from brewdog online store. Dark color. Medium brown head. Very persistent. Taste is light sweet, medium high bitter. Medium body. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, coffee, fresh hops, herby, hazelnuts, wood.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are coffee, roasted malts, oak, and vanilla.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark mahogany brown with fluffy tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and some woody notes. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hints of tobacco. Astringent bitter dry finish.
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2016 Bottled 12/20/11 - 4.5 years of aging in my cellar! Dominate aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, with slight plum and faint fruity esters. Maybe a little over-aged aromas in it. Black with brown highlights that starts as a full brown head and recedes to a collar of multiple sized bubbles and wisps across the top. Flavor is chocolate and cold coffee dominated. Rich, well structured alcohol and malt add support. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms. Bitter chocolate aftertaste and the chocolate lingers long throughout the mouth. Moderate high bittering. Alcohol hidden behind the flavor. Faint vanilla and slight tannic aspects may be the only aspect of the new oak present. Wonderful after all these years.